Flyers owner and founder Ed Snider dies at 83

Ed Snider, owner and founder of the Philadelphia Flyers, has died at 83 after a two-year battle with cancer.

The news was announced Monday morning by the team with an online statement written by Snider’s children.

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“Our Dad was loved and admired for his big heart, generosity of spirit, and dedication to his family. Despite his considerable business achievements and public profile, he was first and foremost a family man. He never missed a birthday, important family event or the opportunity to offer encouragement. We turned first to him for advice in our personal and professional lives. We grew up tagging behind him in arenas, stadiums and locker rooms; and his players, management and team personnel were our extended family. He treated his employees with respect regardless of rank or position, and the man they called ‘Mr. Snider’ always would have preferred simply to be called ‘Ed.’”

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According to, Snider is survived by his wife and son, “former wives Martha McGeary and Christine Decroix; sons Craig and Samuel; daughters Lindy, Tina and Sarena; and 15 grandchildren. His first wife, Myrna Snider, predeceased him.”

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